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PUBLIC ASSISTANCE GRANTS FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Location: Washington, DC

(FROM USFA)

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) would like to encourage the fire departments and fire service leadership in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to be aware that there may be additional financial assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with the recovery efforts of all fire departments.

The Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program has been approved for most areas impacted by the storm.  The focus of FEMA's PA Grant Program is to assist with the recovery efforts involving critical infrastructures.  Fire station damage, lost equipment and vehicles may be covered by this FEMA program.  The USFA encourages all fire service leaders in the impacted areas of Hurricane Sandy to ensure your department damages and losses are brought to the attention of county and state emergency management officials.  By notifying county and state emergency management officials, the PA Grant Program eligibility review is started.

During a recent trip by U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell to the impacted areas of Hurricane Sandy, the Administrator was struck by the significant damage done to fire departments, their equipment and stations.  The Administrator wants to ensure all fire department leaders are aware of FEMA's PA Grant Program and are in contact with local and state emergency management officials to begin a review of department needs. 

For more information regarding the PA Grant Program, visit http://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit